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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pilot Lands in Russia

OKLAHOMA CITY — Bad weather has forced a pilot from Norman, Oklahoma, to land in eastern Russia in his attempt to set the record for around-the-world flight in an open cockpit plane.

Pilot Robert Ragozzino and his 1942 Stearman biplane had been waiting for a weather window to fly nearly 2,500 kilometers from Kushiro, Japan, to Shemya Air Force Base in the Aleutian Islands.

"Due to winds at sea, I made a safety fuel diversion into Russia. Obtaining the necessary departure permit will be difficult at best," Ragozzino said. He left Oklahoma on June 1.